Eighth-Ranked Virginia Men Down No. 14 UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -The eighth-ranked Cavalier men’s swimming and diving team defeated No. 14 North Carolina 168-132 in a conference dual meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia improved to 7-1 in dual meets this season, including a 4-0 mark against ACC opponents.
The Tar Heels dominated the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, taking both first and second place. But the Cavaliers were quick to respond with wins in the next two events.
Junior Taylor Smith claimed the 1000 free (9:01.84), his first of two event wins on the day, before senior John Azar won the 200 free (1:37.86, ‘B’). Smith also earned a victory in the 500 free, clocking an NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:26.27.
Freshman Tom Casey also had a solid performance, winning the 100 breast (55.81) and 200 breast (2:00.01). He also took second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:50.55. Scot Robison claimed two victories in the 50 free (20.40) and 100 free (44.20, ‘B’).
In the 200 back, sophomore David Wren took first-place honors with a winning time of 1:47.93, while Daniel Johnson placed second (1:48.09)
Sophomore Briggy Imbriglia led Virginia on the boards, winning the 1-meter diving event with a mark of 324.68. Freshman Kevin Moore went on to take first-place honors on the 3-meter, earning a score of 307.80, as the Cavaliers swept the diving events.
Virginia capped the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay. The team of Robison, Peter Geissinger, Azar and Matt McLean finished in an NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:58.40.
The Cavaliers return to action next Friday (Jan. 29) at Navy. The meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.